Britain's Queen Elizabeth has made a brief visit to Northern Ireland.

She attended a garden party this afternoon at the University of Ulster campus in Coleraine, Co Derry.

It was the third visit in as many weeks to Northern Ireland by a member of the British royal family. Princess Anne and Prince Charles also attended events recently.

Queen Elizabeth was accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh. The party was hosted by the Northern Secretary Peter Hain.

The theme of the garden party was 'The Community and Voluntary Sector' and was attended by around 2000 guests.

To mark the occasion, she accepted an invitation from Professor Richard Barnett, Vice-Chancellor, University of Ulster, to unveil a plaque and to sign the visitors' book.

She was also presented with a posy by 10-year-old Robyn McNutt, the daughter of a member of the University Staff.

The DUP MP for East Derry Gregory Campbell, the First Minister Ian Paisley, and the SDLP's Margaret Ritchie MLA, Minister for Social Development were among those who met the British Queen.

She was last in Northern Ireland in October last year to attend the Parade and Final Review of the Royal Irish Regiment.